More Guides, Treatments, and Pitches for Screenwriters

Blueprints for tv series part 2

More Guidebooks, Treatments, and Pitches for Screenwriters

Read and download real examples of what showrunners use to help sell their project.

This serves as a pleasant companion piece to our first 10 "Guides, Treatments, and Pitches for Screenwriters."

Here, you'll find show bibles for Lost (2004-2010), Fargo (2014-2023), and even Masters of the Universe (1983-1985).

If you're relatively new to the art the art of screenwriting, you may be wondering why we call it a "bible." There's a completely understandable explanation for that.

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What's a Series Bible?

Your map to writing relevant episode scripts.

They've been around almost as long as television itself. A "Writer's Guide", or a "Bible" as it's sometimes referred to, is the single most important blueprint a TV series can have. Basically, the "Series Bible" describes how the show will thrive and tell a story. Just like religious texts from where its name derives, this "bible" details how its characters, locations, and situations should tell the story of their life.

A well written "bible" enables new scribes, who have no historical knowledge of the series, to pitch a storyline, write it, and (eventually) produce 'their' episode without disrupting the long-established vibe.

Discover What We Have

Let's look at ten examples.

We have more than 30 models of pitches, treatments, and writer's guides available to discover! And unlike writing scripts, creating a series bible doesn't necessarily follow an industry standard. That's why 8FLiX has included a wide-variety of samples below. Read and study how others have done it, and in how many different ways showrunners have been able to communicate their ideas. Each is as unique as the next one.

Enjoy the reads!

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Fargo

Seasons: 5 (2014–2023)

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

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Type ...
BIBLE
Date ... 07.18.2013
Genres ... CrimeDramaThriller
Showrunner ... Noah Hawley
IMDb ID ... 2802850

Freaks and Geeks

Seasons: 1 (1999–2000)

A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

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Type ...
BIBLE
Date ... [undated]
Genres ... ComedyDrama
Showrunner ... Paul Feig
IMDb ID ... 0193676

Grey's Anatomy

Seasons: 20 (2005 - current)

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

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Type ...
BIBLE
Date ... 08.08.2008
Genres ... DramaRomance
Showrunner ... Shonda Rhimes
IMDb ID ... 0413573

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Seasons: 2 (1983–1985)

The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.

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Type ...
BIBLE
Date ... 12.01.1982
Genres ... AnimationActionAdventure
Showrunners ... Lou ScheimerMichael Halperin
IMDb ID ... 0126158

He-Ro: Son of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Seasons: 0 (Unproduced)

Now there is a 'He-Man' for the next generation: the children of the 90s... and beyond. Presenting... He-Ro Son of He-Man. Ready to kick skull on Skeletor -- all over again!

Dare, a Tarzan-like 'wild child,' becomes the adopted son of He-Man. By the Power of Greyskull, Prince Dare's Power Sword transforms him into He-Ro, a mighty warrior who battles Skeletor and his lackeys in a bold struggle to decide the fate of the planet called Eternia - and, ultimately, the universe.

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Type ...
BIBLE
Date ... 1996
Genres ... AnimationActionAdventure
Showrunner ... Lou Scheimer
IMDb ID ... [unproduced]

Lost

Seasons: 6 (2004–2010)

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

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Type ...
FORMAT
Date ... 05.05.2004
Genres ... AdventureDramaFantasy
Showrunners ... J.J. AbramsJeffrey LieberDamon Lindelof
IMDb ID ... 0411008

Marry Me

Seasons: 1 (2014–2015)

Annie and Jake finally get engaged after six years, but her larger-than-life personality and his laid-back approach to life will severely test the theory of "opposites attract". They quickly realize getting engaged was the easy part.

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Type ...
PITCH
Date ... 07.23.2013
Genres ... ComedyRomance
Showrunner ... David Caspe
IMDb ID ... 3460454

New Girl

Seasons: 7 (2011–2018)

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.

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Type ...
PITCH
Date ... 08.03.2012
Genres ... ComedyRomance
Showrunner ... Elizabeth Meriwether
IMDb ID ... 1826940

Poltergeist: The Legacy

Seasons: 4 (1996–1999)

A group of poltergeist experts locate, retrieve, confiscate, or otherwise do what it takes to fix haunting situations.

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Type ...
BIBLE
Date ... [undated]
Genres ... DramaFantasyHorror
Showrunner ... Richard Barton Lewis
IMDb ID ... 0115317

Project Blue Book

Seasons: 2 (2019–2020)

A tough US Air Force officer and a skeptical scientist investigate UFO and alien conspiracies as Cold War paranoia spreads.

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Type ...
PITCH
Date ... 03.30.2017
Genres ... DramaMysterySci-Fi
Showrunner ... David O'Leary
IMDb ID ... 6632666

Quantum Leap

Seasons: 5 (1989–1993)

During a government experiment into time travel, a scientist finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the lives of different people, sorting out their problems and changing history in hopes of getting back home to the present.

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Type ...
GUIDEBOOK
Date ... 05.11.1990
Genres ... ActionAdventureDrama
Showrunner ... Donald P. Bellisario
IMDb ID ... 0096684
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